House Republicans Appear Ready to Retreat, Easing Shutdown Fears

House Republicans Appear Ready to Retreat, Easing Shutdown Fears

"We're closer to the deadline, so folks start thinking differently as our options narrow," explained Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota.

“We’re closer to the deadline, so folks start thinking differently as our options narrow,” explained Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota. Charles Dharapak/AP

Conservative Republicans in the House appear ready to back off their demands that the short-term funding resolution Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown also defund or delay Obamacare.

In a shift that could spare John Boehner a damaging uprising from his majority’s right wing, conservatives have begun to acknowledge their lack of leverage in the funding debate and are now coalescing around the House speaker’s preferred strategy of forcing the White House to accept health-law changes by holding the debt ceiling hostage.

Still, Republicans are searching for some concessions that might allow them to escape the debate over the continuing resolution with a scaled-down policy victory. Continue reading “House Republicans Appear Ready to Retreat, Easing Shutdown Fears”